34th COLTER RUN PRODUCES SOMETHING NEW

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

L-R - Ashley Riesen,  Becca Volf, Jayme Nunes

L-R – Ashley Riesen, Becca Volf, Jayme Nunes

The 34th annual Chadron Rotary Colter Run was held Saturday morning as part of the town’s Fur Trade Days celebration, and it was marked by a first of its kind occurrence: a 3-way tie for 1st in the women’s 10-kilometer race.

         Three members of the Chadron State College cross country team conspired and came across the finish line in the 10-kilometer race holding hands to share the victory…Ashley Riesen of Chadron, Jayme Nunes of Alliance, and Becca Volf of Central City.

When members of the sponsoring Chadron Rotary Club wondered if they’d have to buy two more plaques, the three young women said they’d figure out a way to share the one that goes to the winner.

Their shared winning time was 49 minutes flat, 40-seconds better than the next woman to cross the finish line -  April Stangle, who grew up on Sioux County ranch west of Hemingford.

           The men’s 10-k winner in a time of 36:59 was James McGown, principal at Leyton who set the Colter Run men’s 10k  of 33:11 in 2002, an era when he was a highly-competitive runner who made the U.S. Olympic Trials.  McGown also won in 2010 with a time of 36.20.

      2nd place among the men this year was Crawford native Dylan Stansbury, who will be a member of the CSC cross country team this fall.  Stansbury’s time was 40:49.

                The men’s 5-k race was won by Phil Duncan, who will be a senior at Chadron High this fall, in a time of 19:10. Recent Hay Spring High graduate Jordan Houser was 2nd in 21:46, just ahead of Alex Jensen of Chadron and Jeremy Wright of Colorado Springs.

           Stacy Girard, the Alliance High star and former Chadron State distance standout, won the women’s 5-K race  in 20:38.  Girard holds the Colter Run records for both the 5 and 10k races, setting the 5k record of 18:14 in 2008, the same year that she earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Meet in the 1500 meters.

          Now a mother of two girls, she finished some 33 seconds ahead of recent Chadron High grad and incoming CSC student Nicky Applegarth with Jessica Hartman of Whitney 3rd in 21:25.

               Overall, this year’s 5-k and 10-k Colter Runs drew 197 runners, with several dozen others participating in a two-mile “fun run and walk.”